ALFA HER­ITAGE

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Q: Which model would you reckon qual­i­fies as the last ‘proper’ Alfa Romeo?

A: That’s al­most an im­pos­si­ble ques­tion to an­swer. The last car to be de­vel­oped by an in­de­pen­dent ( ie pre-Fiat takeover) Alfa Romeo was the Alfa 75, launched in 1985, the year be­fore Fiat took con­trol. The 155 which re­placed it was based on a Fiat plat­form and used Fiat units based on the mo­du­lar ‘FIRE’ en­gines in­stead of the clas­sic Alfa twin-cam. The last car to be pow­ered by the Alfa Romeo four-cylin­der en­gine was the 164 which lasted un­til 1998. The Alfa ‘Busso’ V6 en­gine would live on un­til the end of 156 pro­duc­tion though, in 2007.

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